Neighbouring councillors will split Ward 10 needs after resignation of Ray Jones

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Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra, left, and Coun. George Chahal will handle the concerns of Ward 10 residents following the resignation of Ray Jones last October. (Terri Trembath/CBC/Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press - image credit)
Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra, left, and Coun. George Chahal will handle the concerns of Ward 10 residents following the resignation of Ray Jones last October. (Terri Trembath/CBC/Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press - image credit)

Two city councillors are pitching in to help a northeast Calgary ward that currently doesn't have a councillor.

Ward 9 Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra says he and Ward 5 Coun. George Chahal have split Ward 10 in half. Carra said this will help people know who to call if they need help with a city issue.

Ward 10 has been without a councillor since longtime councillor Ray Jones resigned last October, citing health concerns.

"We're just getting our feet wet, we're meeting people," Carra said. "We're building those relationships so we can do that work in the future."

The two councillors will each cover roughly half of the ward's population, splitting it north and south.

The split hasn't resulted in a huge amount of extra work so far, Carra said.

"The call volumes in Ward 10 are a fraction of what they are in Ward 9," Carra said. "So we're bringing two staff on to work for Ward 10. They both have deep roots in the communities of Ward 10.

"They're getting their feet underneath them and their call volumes is a lot less than my Ward 9 staff."

Ray Jones was first elected to council in 1993. He said in October that he was leaving council for health reasons. His seat on council will be filled in the next municipal election.
Ray Jones was first elected to council in 1993. He said in October that he was leaving council for health reasons. His seat on council will be filled in the next municipal election.(CBC)

Chahal said he grew up in the Rundle neighbourhood, so he's familiar with the area. He said his approach for the next few months is to consider the entire area as a bigger ward.

"I have to represent them equally, just like I represent the communities of Ward 5," Chahal said. "So it does create my days to be a little bit longer, and my evenings, less time for myself or my family."

As there is no requirement to hold a by-election this close to the next municipal vote, Jones' seat will remain vacant until that time.

The municipal vote is scheduled for Oct. 18.